Radio listeners across the country have once again taken pen to paper to log their listening patterns as part of Research International’s Radio Audience Measurement Survey. And the latest results show that audience levels have remained much the same when compared with the same period last year, with MediaWorks radio claiming its first ever most listened to network title.
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Last month at the Grande Orca ceremony, MC Mike Hosking talked about how popular he was and, inbetween, announced some changes to the Radio Bureau’s monthly competition. But why read boring words when you could watch Leigh Hart and special guests Josh Lancaster and Jamie Hitchcock explain them (occasionally in musical form).
The latest ASA figures showed the radio industry grew its ad revenue by 2.5 percent and maintained stable share of all advertising at 11 percent. And it’s good news on the audience front too, with the latest six-monthly audience research figures showing that commercial radio in New Zealand has more listeners now that at any time in the past decade.
A galaxy of stars/people with faces for radio gathered at Atico Cocina in Auckland yesterday to listen to the year’s best radio ads. And, like last year, when Murray Watt from DraftFCB took both the Grande Orca and the people’s choice awards, and the year before that, Publicis Mojo’s Hadleigh Sinclair and Jack Delmonte walked away with both prizes, a giant cheque and a trip to the Cannes Lions for a very funny Subway campaign that detailed fat-related afflictions such as double chins, cankles and bingo wings.
As we’ve now come to expect, the *, #, ##, ** and ^ flowed freely as the two big commercial radio players made their usual claims for the top spots following the release of the latest National Commercial Radio Survey figures. And, despite the typical murmurings about the methodology of the Research International study, which gets respondents around the country to fill in a diary about their listening habits, Gill Stewart, general manager of The Radio Bureau, says the results paint a fairly positive picture when compared to the previous year.
December and January results for the Radio Bureau’s ORCA winners have meshed into one with Jonathan McMahon & Lisa Fedyszyn from DDB Auckland taking the winning honours for their McDonalds ‘Signs You Love Caramel’ ad. And sticking with fast food ads, Graeme Clarke & Sam Dickson from Colenso BBDO were awarded a close Merit for their Burger King ads ‘The Boss’ and ‘The Wifey’.
Last night, at a secret location thick with the smell of cognac and cigars that must never be spoken of (unless the secret handshake is given and you sacrifice a virgin), some of radio’s biggest personalities gathered to eat things on sticks, eat things on spoons, drink things in glasses and take the piss out of themselves, their competitors, the medium of radio, the Auckland media, New Zealand politics, TV newsreaders and, the guests of honour, agency folk.
March signals exciting times ahead, like the end of the tax year (!!) For others, particularly advertising industry creatives, it’s the chance to bathe in the glory of knowing you have created something of an outstanding radio commercial, with the announcement this coming Wednesday of the Grande ORCA winner.